1988 MerchandiseDriven ripoff of ''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]]'' Shortly after being picked up by an unmanned space probe and taken to Earth, a family of humanoid space aliens escapes from a research lab. They get split up, with the youngest entering a van belonging to the Cruise family ([[ReverseFunnyAneurysm not]] [[TomCruise that one]]): single mom Janet, 16-year-old Michael and 11-year-old wheelchair-bound boy Eric, who are moving from Illinois to California. Of course, it's the youngest kid who discovers the alien first -- HilarityEnsues as the creature's attempts to reunite with his family cause Eric's family to think he's going insane.

This is to ''E.T.'' what ''{{Hobgoblins}}'' is to ''{{Gremlins}}''. Both [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/movie-reviews/mac-and-me.php Something Awful]] and [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/ronald-mcdonald-approved-case-file-151-mac-and-me,36033/ the AV Club]] provide detailed recaps of the film. It was also the subject of {{Phelous}}'s very first review on Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, can be seen [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/phelous/2479-mac-and-me here]]. Interestingly, ''Mac and Me'' was Creator/JenniferAniston's screen debut. A clumsy scene in which Eric rolls off a cliff became a RunningGag on ''LateNight with Creator/ConanOBrien'', as whenever Paul Rudd was a guest, Rudd would play that clip instead of one from whatever film he was promoting at the time.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AwardBaitSong: "Take Me, I'll Follow You" by Bobby Caldwell.
** If Jara Lane was famous, "You're Not A Stranger Anymore" might be considered an attempt of this trope.
* BatmanInMyBasement
* CharacterAsHimself: Ronald [=McDonald=] is credited as this. He wound up winning the "Worst New Star" Razzie for '88.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Both the aliens ''and'' Eric; the attempted tearjerking before they are revived]] is milked for all its worth.
* DisappearedDad: We're not told why.
* ExposedExtraterrestrials: The alien family, [[spoiler:until they become American citizens at the end.]]
* FollowTheLeader: Besides being an ''E.T.'' ripoff, the title of ''Mac and Me'' is one word different from an early working title for ''E.T.'', which was ''E.T. and Me''.
* HandicappedBadass: Eric, for a given [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld very adolescent]] definition of "badass" - Chuck Norris he ain't, but you gotta admit the wheelchair stunts are pretty impressive.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Michael and Courtney.
* MadeOfExplodium: A small supermarket goes up like it was firebombed during a gunfight [[spoiler:between police and the aliens]].
* PlotHole: Why would Eric think sucking MAC into a vacuum cleaner would work unless he saw what happened at the beginning of the film?
* ProductPlacement: All-time record holder. The products in question are:
** Coca-Cola -- This turns out to be the Earth analogue to the aliens' primary nourishment on their home planet, and thus ''vital to their survival''!
** UsefulNotes/McDonalds -- A character (Courtney) works there, and the kids go to a birthday party there at one point, hence Ronald's cameo. The trailer even played up the cameo. While Eric names the alien "Mac" based on his being a '''M'''ysterious '''A'''lien '''C'''reature, bear in mind that the restaurant's most famous sandwich, the Big Mac, is name-dropped in the film. The aliens even come from the planet of "Quartus Poundus", which might refer to another [=McDonald=]'s sandwich -- the Quarter Pounder with Cheese.
** Powerwheels -- Mac steals a Powerwheels car, and ends up getting chased by dogs while riding it.
** Sears -- The mom gets a job here, and the government agents chase Eric and Mac through it.
** Skittles -- Also important to survival.
** Valvoline -- The logo for this motor oil producer mirrors the 'V' sign the aliens make with their hands, as well as provides a clue as to where the rest of MAC's family is hiding.
** Wickes Lumber -- Mac desires to go there[[note]]Not an actual Wickes ''location'' but rather one of their billboards on a desert highway[[/note]], and it's also the location of a comic relief scene with the alien family and the final confrontation with the government. All the furniture in their house is made with Wickes Lumber, as well.
* SequelHook: ''"[[TemptingFate We'll be back!]]"''
** [[SubvertedTrope Oh no]] [[HilariousInHindsight you won't]]!
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: The dance number at [=McDonald's=]. Would definitely qualify as a BigLippedAlligatorMoment if the [[BizarroEpisode entire movie wasn't this crazy]].
* WideEyedIdealist: When Courtney makes the very good point that the government might actually have a good reason to catch MAC, like for instance him having a disease, Eric's only rebuttal is "He doesn't have any diseases." How can he know that for sure?